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The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and responsibility with his obsessive love for Lord Alfred Douglas, nicknamed Bosie. After legal action instigated by Bosie's father, the enraged Marquise of Queensberry, Wilde refused to flee the country and was sentenced to two years at hard labor by the courts of an intolerant Victorian society. Written by Peter Samuelson <petersa1@tribeca.ios.com>

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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. See more »


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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$69,424 (USA) (1 May 1998)

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$2,157,701 (USA) (6 November 1998)
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First cinema film of James D'Arcy. See more »

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When Oscar is walking through Kensington Gardens, London, (seen as a wooded park) with his wife Constance and their baby in a pram, a part of the sculpture "Physical Energy" was in view. This sculpture of a horse and rider was erected in 1907, however Oscar died in 1900, so this was not possible. See more »

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Constance Lloyd Wilde: People have never understood the courage he needed to be himself.
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Ah, Leave me not to Mine Alone
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Competent but plain, TVish Wilde biopic
20 November 2008 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

In 1997 Stephen Fry was enjoying an unprecedented surge of sympathy and reverence from the British public. Only two years previously he had abandoned a West End play after only three nights and fled abroad. The fuss that his episode created effectively ignited the conscience of the British people who, given the choice of vilifying a performer for acting (apparently) unprofessionally or sympathising with an overburdened national treasure chose the latter.

This is an important story in relation to Wilde, released only two years later. Oscar Wilde was a character not only of similar physical attributes, intellect and sexuality as Fry but also with the same standing in relation to society (and specifically London society = the media). However, for all his popularity, Wilde's pecadilloes ultimately brought him public opprobrium and he fell foul of the law. Fry however rediscovered his confidence to assume a more exalted mantle in the estimation of the British public following Cell Mates-gate.

This film is Fry riding that public affection - and failing to really return to love, frankly. Wilde is a more of a document than a drama, despite super turns from Jude Law as Bosie Douglas and Jennifer Ehle as Wilde's wife. It's a competent film but it doesn't touch me at all. Most strangely perhaps is that the film fudges an assessment of Wilde's standing in retrospect: neither the document nor the drama come down in judgement either way on the man or the life. Given the personal affection of Fry for Wilde it's all very odd. 4/10


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